Pulp, paper and allied products rail traffic in North America down 9.0% year-over-year to 9,042 carloads in week ended April 21, as U.S. and Canada show respective declines of 9.1% and 9.0%: AAR

LOS ANGELES , April 27, 2012 () – Pulp, paper and allied products rail traffic on major North American railroads fell 9.0% to 9,042 carloads in the week ended April 21, according to the latest figures for the U.S., Canada and Mexico, from the Association of American Railroads.

During that week, the U.S. pulp, paper and allied products rail traffic fell 9.1% year-over-year to 5,485 carloads, and Canadian rail traffic similarly fell 9.0% from a year ago to 3,523 carloads.

Year-to-date pulp, paper and allied products rail traffic in North America declined by 1.9% year-over-year to 152,630 carloads that originated in the first 16 weeks of this year.

Of that 16-week total, pulp, paper and allied products rail traffic in the U.S. showed a 1.7% increase with 97,039 carloads compared with the year before, while Canadian rail traffic showed a year-over-year decrease of 7.6% to 54,979 carloads.

For the week ended April 21, North American rail traffic slipped 0.1% year-over-year to 379,454 carloads for all categories, including lumber, chemicals, farm products, grain and other products.

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